Julian Draxler, the former VFL Wolfsburg player, has been confirmed a PSG player. His transfer deal will be completed during next year’s transfer window which opens in January.
A statement from the Bundesliga club says “an agreement had been reached for Draxler to join PSG on a four-and-a-half-year contract subject to a successful medical.”
Olaf Rebbe, Wolfburg’s Head of Sport, said in a press conference: “We have had intensive and constructive discussions with Julian Draxler and his management as well as with Paris Saint-Germain in recent days and finally achieved a very good result for all sides.
“We are delighted that we have succeeded so quickly and wish Julian in Paris both privately and professionally all the best.”
The German player arrived Wolfsburg in 2015 after the club paid a whooping $37.3 million to Schalke 04 for his services. In August last year, he was considered one of the most talented youngsters from Germany.
“We’re convinced Julian will develop further with us,” Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg’s then-director of sport, said with pride.
Draxler was expected to be a better replacement for Wolfburg’s playmaker Kevin De Brune, who had just signed for Manchester City.
However, Draxler’s five-year deal ended on Saturday after his club confirmed he’s now a PSG player. He had dreams of playing in the Champions League with Wolfsburg, the 2015 German Cup winners, who won against Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out.
According to a report from AFP, the discontented player notified Wolfsburg of his desire to leave the club in December, a reason why he was dropped in their 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
At 23, with a World Cup winners medal in his pocket and 27 caps for his country, he was now too big for Wolfsburg – AFP.
“This kind of attitude always brings confusion in a team,” said Wolfsburg’s coach Valerien Ismael.
“If you focus on something, you have to put all your heart into it.”
Mario Gomez, a friend and teammate said: “Those who want to leave should be allowed to go. It should have already been settled in the summer!”
Draxler made his intentions known in August but the request to leave was ignored. Dieter Hecking, the club’s coach at that time, kept the 23-year-old until he was sacked in October.
Allofs was appointed as head coach of the Bundesliga side but was also sacked in December due to a recurring poor results.
An angry and disappointed Draxler did not join his teammates to celebrate Wolfsburg’s last game for the year. The 18 December match against Eintracht Frankfurt ended 1-0.
Reports confirmed the Germany international footballer had interests from Arsenal and Liverpool before he chose PSG, who are currently 3rd in the French league with six points behind leaders Nice. And Jurgen Kloop doesn’t think it was the right decision.
He said: “We believe that if someone needs to be convinced by money, then at one point – when you really need character – you will not get it.
“Players should know they can earn really serious money here, reasonable money here, but we will not go nuts. We want to convince players about the special character of the club.
“Nobody has to leave Liverpool because of money. Maybe there are a few clubs in world football who can play better and if you can go there, these few clubs, yeah then do it.
“But for all the rest this should be the best place to be. I may have rose-tinted glasses but I would say at the moment that LFC is a really good place to be for a player to develop.
“I can say we don’t want to convince players with money. We want to convince them with the way we go.
“We want to have players who are ready to develop and it’s not a message for the winter transfer window, it’s a message for the next few years.
“We have already really good players and if someone wants to be part, they are welcome.”
Contrary to what Klopp thinks about Draxler’s mega-money move to France, the current manager at Wolfsburg Valerian Ismael said: “Of course, I regret the departure of Julian because he is an outstanding footballer, but I think that this step is the right one for all sides.”